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Rules of Flying: Explained

The Flight Side
Writer
Izzat Haziq
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Here’s a brief breakdown on the rules of air travel that everyone should be paying more attention to.

Have you ever wondered about the rules when you’re onboard an airplane? They seem so inconvenient and unnecessary sometimes but the flight attendants keep repeating them like your life depends on it. Well, it actually does. Allow us to break down the reasons.

1. Table Manners
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The tray table is convenient when you’re up in the air and want to have a quick bite. However, you must put your tray table up or away in its storage dock when not in use. A secured tray table would clear a path for you as well as other passengers should there be a need to evacuate in case of an emergency.

2. One Call Away
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Smartphones and mobile devices are a big part of our daily lives - to the point that we find it difficult to detach ourselves from it. When flying, you may notice that you’re required to put your phone in airplane mode. It's important to abide by the instructions given by flight attendants as your phone’s cell signal could potentially disrupt the airplane’s navigation system.

You see, the interference caused by cell signals coming from your phone could potentially block radio frequency for one or two seconds, which is bad news for the pilots and air traffic control especially when a plane is grounded. Now, imagine if there’s fifty phones emitting the same electromagnetic interference!

3. Don’t Be So Shady
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Everyone loves a great panoramic view of the sky every now and then. So keeping the window shade up wouldn’t be much of a hassle to obey compared to other flying rules. That said, there is a solid reason as to why you need to lift up your window shade during takeoff and landing. When your window shades are lifted, natural light floods in, helping passengers to find their bearings when the lights go out in an emergency. Of course, when there is more light in the cabin, this helps the flight attendants in identifying the best route for escape when things get awry.

4. Lights Out
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Much like keeping your window shades up during takeoff and landing, the dimming of airplane lights is also a standard protocol that allows passengers’ eyes to adjust more quickly during an emergency evacuation. Plus, if the power goes out or the cabin is filled with smoke, your eyes are already adjusted to low lighting, making it easier to follow the emergency lights in the aisle and exit signs.

5. Sit Up Straight
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Be sure to listen to the flight attendants when they tell you to raise your seatback. This simple request is meant to minimise the potential for injury in the event of an emergency. There is less distance between one seat and the next when it is in an upright position which reduces the velocity incurred upon impact. Other than that, this also inadvertently increases the possibility of a quick exit if there is an emergency.

So next time whenever you’re on an airplane, do remember to observe the rules of flying to ensure a smoother journey for all passengers!

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